Premier Dwight Ball
Premier – Humber – Gros Morne
President of Executive Council
Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs and Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Dwight Ball, leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been involved in provincial politics since 2007, when he was first elected to represent the district of Humber Valley. Dwight was re-elected in 2011 and began serving as Leader of the Official Opposition in January 2012.
On November 17, 2013, Dwight Ball was elected to lead the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in the most open and inclusive leadership selection process in the province’s history. In recognizing that a leader represents all of Newfoundland and Labrador and not simply party supporters, the selection process was open to everyone of majority age in the province. Under the leadership of Dwight Ball, the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador won seven consecutive by-elections in the lead up to the coming general election. This doubled the party’s seat count and set it on the road to victory in November.
Before entering politics, Dwight Ball had a successful career in business and as a community leader. He attended the School of Pharmacy in St. John’s at the age of 17 and moved back to Deer Lake upon completion. Beginning with the franchising of the Deer Lake Pharmacy, Dwight’s business operations expanded to include personal care homes, real estate development, and venture capital investments. He has also been recognized as an entrepreneur and an employer of several hundred people across his businesses.
Dwight Ball has also been heavily involved in community and professional organizations. He’s a past president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a past president of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, a former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, a board member of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, the chair of the Fundraising Committee for the 2006 Humber Valley Winter Games, a board member for the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank, and the west coast director for Senior Hockey in NL.
Dwight was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia, the highest honour for a community pharmacist. He was given the Pride of the Town Award from the Town of Deer Lake in recognition of his commitment to community service. He was awarded Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.
In his spare time, Dwight enjoys salmon fishing, snowshoeing, and hockey.
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